BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Blood & Chrome (Blu-ray)
Universal Home Entertainment / 2012 / 94 mins / UR
Rebooting, reimagining, remaking... it seems that every movie and television series from the 1970's and 80's is in some stage of development to come back to either the big screen or small, banking on the bottomless well of nostalgia we all love to drink from. While more often than not these rebooted, reimagined, remade properties fail to live up to their predecessors and the internet community explodes with "why can't ORIGINAL ideas be produced instead of rehashing old ideas?" comments from everywhere, when a rebooted idea actually works, those same naysayers never want it to end. There is probably no bigger rebooted success than Ron Moore's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA.
The original series basically rode the coattails of STAR WARS and is embarrassingly silly to see today (it is much cooler in your memory than on your television screen). The rebooted BSG has been universally hailed as one of the finest television dramas of the past two decades. Period. When Commander Adama and company finally landed on Earth and the Galactica was sent to its final resting place fans wept because 1. the series had a perfect ending and 2. there was no new episode to look forward to. However, Viper jocks everywhere wanted, no, needed more adventures, so a couple of television movie prequels were made that allowed many of the original characters to live again. Then a new prequel series, CAPRICA, came and went with little love given to it. BSG fans want their beloved characters and more importantly their beloved ship to be the center of attention, not just a trip to a different part of that universe.
So the next roll of the die is here: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME. Set forty years before BSG and twenty years after CAPRICA, BLOOD & CHROME follows the young Captain William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) on his first mission as part of the crew of the now-in-its-prime Battlestar Galactica during the first Cylon War. An arrogant but extremely talented pilot, Adama's first mission is the exact opposite of the dangerous battle he was hoping for, or is it? What was at first a simple "milk-run" turns into a high risk mission. Adama and his co-pilot Coker Fasjovik (Ben Cotton) escorts the mysterious Doctor Kelly (Lili Bordan) to a hidden Colonial fleet deep in enemy territory and then are sent to a remote Cylon conquered planet on a mission that will turn the tide of the war.
Originally shown as a ten-episode web series and soon to be shown on Syfy as a movie, BLOOD & CHROME is lined up to be a pilot for a new BSG series. Shot almost entirely against green-screen for budgetary reasons, every single background and set has been digitally created and the results are impressive to say the least... maybe a bit too impressive. There is SO much going on in the digital backgrounds that your attention is frequently drawn away from the main story (you can spend hours analyzing the extremely busy Galactica sets) However, the main story is a solid one and Pasqualino does a fine job stepping in the shoes of Edward James Olmos. BSG fans should be very happy with what has been accomplished with BLOOD & CHROME and hopefully will turn out in droves big enough to get a full-fledged series off the ground.
The anamorphic 1.78 transfer is sharp and clear allowing you to freeze frame each frame to check out the endless amount of background detail the visual effects team put in.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound mix is a bombastic, high energy thrill ride just as complexly layered as the intricate visuals. Technically this is a great looking disc.
The best of the two supplements are the "Deleted Scenes" that run about 30 minutes. Almost all of them are unfinished so you will see a LOT of green screen, but then you will also see what the actors were working with on set, which wasn't much.
"BLOOD & CHROME Visual Effects" is a hugely self-congratulatory piece (and rightly so given the outcome) with the visual effects team talking about the enormity of the project and just how groundbreaking it is.
In the hierarchy of all things BSG, I would rank BLOOD & CHROME better than THE PLAN and CAPRICA but not quite the story quality of RAZOR or the Ron Moore series proper. Still, if this ever went to series I'd be first in line to watch it. So say we all!
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